Rifle Fireside Lanes rolls again
RIFLE – Bowl, eat and drink at the Rifle Fireside Lanes, which is now reopened after nine months following an arson fire that destroyed the building in the early morning hours of Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2005.Although still fine-tuning some of its operations, the newly remodeled bowling alley in north Rifle includes a sit-down restaurant, full-service bar and a pro shop. “Our biggest concern right now is some problems with the pin setters,” owner Jack Bowles said Friday evening. “But we’re finally getting some money coming in, and we’re moving in the right direction rather than the wrong.”
The 12-lane alley looks different than it did prior to the fire, with a neon mural above the pins and the exterior of the building in a stucco decor.But a lot of the customers still look the same.”Most of the people who are coming in used to bowl here all the time,” Jack Bowles said.On this Friday evening, a group of young people are enjoying a game.
“I’ve bowled here a lot, but I’m not good at all,” said 12-year-old Myla Scheveer of Rifle. “But it sounded like fun.”Scheveer was bowling with her cousins and family members, including Lauren Martin, 14, of Rifle, Stephanie Wiginton, 20, of Alabama, Daniel Dove, 11, of Alabama, Sabrina Dove, 8, of Alabama, and J.D. Walton, 10, of Kentucky.The bowling alley is family-owned and -operated and includes a restaurant that features a full menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and breakfast, which is available all day. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
“We’ve had nothing but compliments on the food,” said Mary Bowles of New Castle, daughter-in-law to Jack and Ava Bowles.The lanes also offer summer bowling camps, group rates for parties and meetings, leagues for seniors and families, tournaments and discounted rates for weekday bowling.But even if you’re not a bowler, the alley is a good place to go to escape the summer heat. Swamp coolers have been replaced with air conditioners, keeping the temperature at a comfortable 70 degrees.For information about bowling camps, leagues, tournaments and open bowling, call 625-2231.
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